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The Elderly Asthmatic Patient

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Abstract:

The fastest growing population in the United States is the elderly person. Clinicians can expect to see more patients that are elderly in their practice with asthma because the incidence is about the same as the general population. Asthma in the elderly patient is underdiagnosed because of false perceptions by both patient and physician. The high incidence of comorbid conditions in the elderly patient makes the diagnosis and management more difficult. The elderly asthmatic patient appears to be undertreated with fewer being given inhaled corticosteroids. Asthma in the elderly patient adversely affects quality of life and results in a higher hospitalization rate and mortality. Allergy is common enough in the elderly asthmatic patient to warrant appropriate diagnostic techniques and intervention including environmental control, pharmacotherapy, and immunotherapy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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